Virginia Military Institute Announces It Will Not Remove Confederate Statues, Building Names

Virginia Military Institute Announces It Will Not Remove Confederate Statues, Building Names


The Virginia Military Institute will not remove Confederate statues and building names from its campus, the school’s superintendent announced Wednesday.

Retired Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III addressed the campus community in a letter and said that the school founded in 1839 has a past that “has been intertwined with the history of Virginia and the Civil War.”

“Unlike many communities who are grappling with icons of the past, VMI has direct ties to many of the historical figures that are the subject of the current unrest,” Peay wrote.

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One of those figures is Stonewall Jackson, who is displayed as a statue on campus. He was a professor at VMI and fought in the Mexican War before becoming a Confederate general.

“Throughout the years, the primary focus on honoring VMI’s history has been to celebrate principles of honor, integrity, character, courage, service, and selflessness of those associated with the Institute,” Peay wrote.

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